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North Cotabato, Indonesia agree to boost economic cooperation

Indonesian Consul General Dicky Fabrian and North Cotabato Gov. Nancy Catamco have agreed to embark on joint programs meant to boost the economy of the province......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarNov 22nd, 2020

DPWH-12 completes infra projects worth P222M in SouthCot

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 10 Nov) – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has completed around P222-million worth of infrastructure projects in South Cotabato province that were intended to further boost economic activities in the area. Basir Ibrahim, DPWH-Region 12 director, said the accomplished projects as of September comprised two road widening […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsNov 12th, 2020

Congratulations flood in for Biden’s ‘historic’ win

Congratulations poured in for US president-elect Joe Biden from around the world, with Washington’s allies, particularly in Europe, seeing his win as a chance at a fresh start after the antagonistic years under Donald Trump. From the EU to the UAE president-elect Joe Biden has received congratulations from around the world (AFP/ MANILA BULLETIN) As crowds rushed into the streets of Washington and other cities in exuberant celebration after US networks declared Biden the winner, here are some reactions from across the globe:  – Germany – “Congratulations!” said Chancellor Angela Merkel. “I wish luck and success from the bottom of my heart. “Our transatlantic friendship is irreplaceable if we want to overcome the great challenges of our times,” she said in a tweet issued by a government spokesman. – France – French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted: “The Americans have chosen their President. Congratulations @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris! We have a lot to do to overcome today’s challenges. Let’s work together!”  – Britain – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson congratulated Biden “on his election as President of the United States and Kamala Harris on her historic achievement. “The US is our most important ally and I look forward to working closely together on our shared priorities, from climate change to trade and security.” – European Union – In a joint statement, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel, president of the European Council, which represents the leaders of EU member states, said: “We take note of the latest development in the electoral process.  “On this basis the EU congratulates President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on reaching enough Electoral Votes.”  – NATO – NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg described Biden as a “strong supporter of our Alliance”. Stoltenberg, who often had to adapt to President Donald Trump making unexpected announcements about US troop drawdowns from NATO deployments, said in a tweet he looked forward to working with Biden. “A strong NATO is good for both North America and Europe,” he said.  – Canada – Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said: “I look forward to working with President-elect Biden, Vice President-elect Harris, their administration, and the United States Congress as we tackle the world’s greatest challenges together.” – Barack Obama – Former US president Barack Obama hailed Biden’s win as “historic and decisive” and appealed to Americans to overcome bitter divides and “find some common ground.” “Once every vote is counted, President-Elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris will have won a historic and decisive victory,” Obama, Donald Trump’s White House predecessor, said in a statement. – Ireland – The republic’s prime minister Micheal Martin was one of the first to take to Twitter, tweeting: “I want to congratulate the new President Elect of the USA @JoeBiden. Joe Biden has been a true friend of this nation throughout his life and I look forward to working with him in the years ahead. I also look forward to welcoming him back home when the circumstances allow!”  – Greece – Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis tweeted: “Congratulations to US President-Elect @JoeBiden. Joe Biden has been a true friend of Greece and I’m certain that under his presidency the relationship between our countries will grow even stronger.” – Italy –  Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte tweeted: “Congratulations to the American people and institutions for an outstanding turnout of democratic vitality. We are ready to work with the President-elect @JoeBiden to make the transatlantic relationship stronger. The US can count on Italy as a solid Ally and a strategic partner.” – Spain – Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez tweeted: “The American people have chosen the 46th President of the United States. Congratulations @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris. We wish you good luck and all the best. We are looking forward to cooperating with you to tackle the challenges ahead of us.” – India – “Congratulations @JoeBiden on your spectacular victory!” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted. In a separate tweet to Biden’s running mate Kamala Harris, whose mother was Indian, Modi wrote: “Your success is pathbreaking, and a matter of immense pride not just for your chittis, but also for all Indian-Americans.” “Chitti” is a Tamil term of endearment for the younger sisters of one’s mother, which Harris used in her acceptance of the Democratic nomination for vice president. She is the first woman of color elected to the US vice presidency. – Nigeria – In his congratulations, President Muhammadu Buhari, leader of Africa’s most populous nation, called for “greater engagement” with the continent. He said he looked forward to “enhanced cooperation between Nigeria and the United States, especially at economic, diplomatic and political levels, including especially on the war against terrorism”. – Ukraine – President Volodymyr Zelensky tweeted in English: “Congratulations to Joe Biden, Kamala Harris! Ukraine is optimistic about the future of the strategic partnership with the United States. Ukraine and the USA have always collaborated on security, trade, investment, democracy, fight against corruption. Our friendship becomes only stronger!”  – South Africa – President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Twitter his government looked forward to “working with you and deepening our bonds of friendship and cooperation”. – Iraq – President Barham Saleh extended “warmest congratulations” to Biden, describing him as “a friend and trusted partner in the cause of building a better Iraq. We look forward to working to achieve our common goals and strengthening peace and stability in the entire Middle East”. – Egypt – President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said Egypt, the most populous Arab country, looked forward to “strengthening strategic bilateral ties between Egypt and the US in the interest of both countries and peoples”. – UAE –  “Congratulations to @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris on winning the US elections. Our sincere wishes for further development and prosperity for the American people. The UAE and USA are friends and allies with a strong historic partnership that we look forward to strengthening together,” tweeted Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsNov 8th, 2020

Christmas 2020 for workers and farmers

HOTSPOT Tonyo Cruz Two things workers are looking forward to at the end of each year are the 13th month pay and the Christmas bonus. And it seems about two million workers may not get any 13th month pay at all, if the Duterte government would have its way. The reason? Because of the pandemic. In reaction, Kilusang Mayo Uno chairperson Elmer Labog  issued his shortest statement yet this year, unable to hide labor’s frustration: “It is the government’s responsibility to bail out MSMEs in times of emergencies.” Indeed, it is the state’s obligation to support and prop up micro, small and medium-scale enterprises especially now in the time of pandemic. By saying MSMEs could dispense with the 13th month pay, the government is practically passing on its responsibility to MSMEs. Workers continue to give their share through the cheap, underpaid and overstressed labor power that makes sure MSMEs continue to function and perform their role as main engines of the economy. The government must do its job: Bail out the MSMEs. It is quite surprising that the Duterte government seems disinterested in bailing out MSMEs, considering the avalanche of news about the borrowings here and there. According to Sonny Africa, executive director of the think-tank Ibon Foundation, the borrowings has reached a historic high: “It took 118 years for the country’s debt to reach P6.1-trillion in 2016. President Duterte is taking just six years to more than than double that to P13.7-trillion in 2022.” Again, the reason for the borrowing has been “because of the pandemic.” Regardless of where the money goes, and whether or not MSMEs and workers received only a drop from it, they would pay the entire debt through more and higher taxes for years to come. Workers are not asking for something they have not earned through hard work. They earned that 13th month pay. It is not an optional thing. It is part of the law. The pandemic should oblige the state to bail out our MSMEs to enable them to fully function, and to give the workers’ their due under the law. Workers have given and lost a lot because of the pandemic. Workers have not asked for free rides to work, but the government fails to provide adequate and safe mass transport. Workers have asked for free mass testing in their companies and communities, but the government has other ideas. Workers and their families would have fared better with unemployment benefits amid the dismal pandemic response of government, but it seems the same government wishes to push them instead to pawnshops and loan sharks. We haven’t even factored in the laid-off, underemployed and unemployed workers, as well as the undetermined number of overseas Filipino healthcare workers stranded in the country since April. They all don’t wish to be “patay-gutom” and “pala-asa”.  They don’t wish to stay unemployed and be dependent on aid. They are ready to work and earn their keep. But since the president made policy decisions affecting their ability to obtain work, it is the government’s obligation to bail them out as well. The situation of our nation’s farmers is no different. For instance, rice farmers continue to produce our national staple. The pandemic made even worse the effects on them of the combined power of policies such as rice tarrification, the stranglehold of Big Landlords, the vast influence of rice cartels, and the continued operation of illegal rice importers. Price monitoring by Bantay Bigas and the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas reveals the outrageously low palay prices nationwide, which means ruin to our nation’s rice farmers: Negros Occidental and Bicol region P10; Capiz P10-P11; Caraga P11; Tarlac P11-12; Ilocos Sur and Nueva Ecija P11-13; Camarines Sur P11.50-14; Bulacan and Mindoro P12; Isabela P12-P13.50; Pangasinan P12-P12.30; Antique P12.50; Agusan del Sur P13; Davao de Oro P13.14; Davao del Norte, Surigao del Sur and South Cotabato P13.50; North Cotabato P14; and Lanao del Norte P15. If you look at it, plantitos and plantitas today pay 20 to 50 times more for ornamental plants, compared to the prices traders and the NFA offer to our farmers. According to Bantay Bigas and KMP, the government procures way less than 20 percent of the produce of rice farmers.  And then we hear that the NFA would rather import rice from other countries, at pandemic-affected prices at that. Without any state intervention, by way of NFA buying rice farmers’ produce at P20 per kilo, and providing loans to farmers, there could be worse rural poverty in the coming months and years. Between our workers and farmers, their families have been made to sacrifice a lot since March, with prices of basic goods spiking, with new and higher expenses arising from online classes for the children. There cannot be no aid for them.  Neither should workers and farmers shoulder the burden of the failure or refusal of government to provide funding for bailouts sorely needed by MSMEs, and be forced to accept new national debts to pay for policies such as rice tarrification and importation. The government knows the scale of the problem. The Department of Labor and Employment says 13,127 companies have either laid off workers or permanently closed. The response cannot be “pass the burden to workers”. The answer should be: “the state must do everything to rescue the companies and the workers.” OFWs across the world should be familiar with bailouts and economic protections because of the pandemic. Many countries that host OFWs enacted huge bailouts and stimulus to their economies, partly so that migrant labor could continue to be employed. They enjoy health insurance, and special COVID19 coverage. Governments handed out checks to both citizens and companies. Is it too much to ask that the same be done in our own country? Or do Filipinos have to go abroad to experience such social and economic protections?.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 9th, 2020

Dev t projects, service delivery assured for RCSP target villages

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Mar. 3 (PIA) - Barangays identified for the government's Retooled Community Support Program (RCSP) are guaranteed projects that would boost economic development and.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMar 4th, 2020

Duterte wants mothballed Cotabato airport to operate

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 3 Jan) – President Rodrigo Duterte is giving the operation of the mothballed airport project in M’lang, Cotabato province a new lease on life, officials said. Cotabato Gov. Nancy Catamco requested Duterte’s intervention for the airport’s operation, saying it would further boost the economic and tourism potentials of the landlocked […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 5th, 2020

PHL, Indonesia agree to delineate overlapping EEZ boundaries

THE Philippine and Indonesian governments have agreed to implement the deal which delineates the boundary between the overlapping exclusive economic zones (EEZ) of the two countries......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2019

Bayer Crop Science partners with DA office to boost hybrid rice production

BAYER CROP Science partnered with the Department of Agriculture Regional Office XII (DA-RFO XII) to implement a pilot project aimed at boosting the hybrid rice production of farmers in North Cotabato, South Cotabato, Sarangani, and Sultan Kudarat......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 28th, 2019

Duterte, tycoons agree to boost economic growth

Duterte, tycoons agree to boost economic growth.....»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 18th, 2017

Philippines, China see more room for economic development

MANILA, Philippines - Both the Philippines and China agree that economic cooperation between two countries remains strong, but has room for development, acco.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 21st, 2016

PH, Indonesia boost maritime partnership

The Philippines and Indonesia have agreed to enhance maritime cooperation amid a territorial dispute with China in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). On Friday, President Rodrigo Duterte met with Indonesia President Joko Widodo at Merdeka Palace i.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 9th, 2016

DOF, China agree to enhance cooperation

The Department of Finance (DOF) and the Chinese Embassy in Manila agreed to intensify their cooperation in five vital economic areas despite the ongoing maritime disputes between the two nations in the West Philippine sea......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsSep 5th, 2016

Japan-funded NCotabato rubber facility launched

THE Embassy of Japan’s First Secretary Kenji Terada, together with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Senior Representative Yuko Tanaka, Department of Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano, North Cotabato Governor Emmylou Mendoza, Ban.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsAug 25th, 2016

CREATE& rsquo;s approval to boost recovery

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said the Senate’s timely passage on Thursday of the Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises Act will provide businesses with one of the largest economic stimulus measures to help them recover from the economic turmoil caused by the COVID-19 pandemic......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News18 hr. 38 min. ago

Duterte cites Beijing s role in averting recession

President Duterte promoted multilateral ties with China and member-countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations last Friday, saying cooperation would boost regional trade and help avert a recession in the face of a pandemic......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 28th, 2020

Israeli group of companies relocating from China to PH

An Israeli technology conglomerate with subsidiaries in China is transferring all its operations from the north Asian country to the Philippines by 2021, the Philippine Economic Zone Authority said Monday......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 24th, 2020

U.S. President Trump makes virtual appearance at Apec meet

Leaders from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum held a virtual meeting on Friday to discuss ways to revive their coronavirus-battered economies with U.S. President Donald Trump part.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsNov 21st, 2020

UK Minister, PH Officials Discuss Vaccines, Economic Ties

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin Jr. met on Friday with the United Kingdom Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO) Minister for Asia Nigel Adams, MP, who is visiting the Philippines for the first time. The two officials discussed various aspects of Philippines-UK bilateral relations, including economic cooperation and the situation of overseas Filipino health […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 21st, 2020

Ensure access to COVID-19 vaccine, Duterte tells APEC

President Rodrigo Duterte urged members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation to ensure that everyone has access to COVID-19 vaccines as the race to find one heats up......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 21st, 2020

Pandemic to top agenda at APEC summit

The COVID-19 pandemic is high on the agenda at today’s first virtual summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in which President Duterte and 20 other leaders in the region will participate......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 17th, 2020

Duterte to join virtual APEC leaders’ summit

President Duterte is scheduled to participate in the virtual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders’ meeting on Friday.?.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 16th, 2020